With the busiest death row in the nation, the most exonerations in the country, more than 150,00 inmates in state prisons and tens of thousands more in county jails, the hardest part about covering the criminal justice beat in Texas is choosing which stories to tell.
The Texas Tribune is looking for an ambitious entry-level reporter to dive deep into the criminal justice beat, breaking competitive news stories while at the same time pursuing investigative pieces that hold leaders accountable. This reporter will also be expected to develop bigger narratives that bring complicated policy questions to life and drive the political discussion around criminal justice in Texas.
The ins and outs of the beat include scrubbing through rulings from the state’s highest criminal court, tracking legislation in the Capitol, and covering the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, the Texas Juvenile Justice Board and the Texas Forensic Science Commission. But we also want a reporter who can put the news of the day into the bigger political and policy context of the state’s criminal justice system.
Experience with open records requests and agency digging is a must, as is a strong grasp of written storytelling. This is a collaborative newsroom; we’re seeking a reporter who is anxious to work with our extraordinary news apps team and multimedia reporters to produce interactive data applications and tell stories visually.
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